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Mellow Valentines LOVE-IN • February 14th, 2018

This Wednesday, February 14th, 2018 from 9pm to midnight (or later) it’s CRAFTNIGHT! 
****Project: Crafts of Love 

*******$4 PABST/TECATE • $5 Drink Special for Lovers and Dreamers!  
*********$3 suggested donation, thank you for supporting the arts!  
********* Lucky winners of my obscure trivia questions will win:
Tickets to YACHT ROCK REVUE at the El Rey Feb 17th!!! (Make no mistake, this is the FINEST tribute to soft rock in the city: It’s comedic, talented musicians, but it’s also an actual tribute situation that will make for a really wonderful evening.)

Crafts are gonna be Valentine-oriented, because I have cute choo-choos, spinny wheels, and love caterpillars and that’s not all! It’s been 73 years since Valentine’s Day and Ash Wednesday have collided, which seems as good a reason as any to celebrate both. Let’s do it all, hayyyyy. Here’s whassup!

Every month is Black History Month OKAY? OKAY! But we’ll be playing kickass 90s soul on the Akbar HI-FI because it sounds really damn good, and because it’s crucial to educate, empower and sustain the achievements by African Americans and the central role of blacks in U.S. history. And I wanna dance with you to “Buffalo Stance” by Neneh Cherry.

Is Valentines Day: Invented by card companies, dumb if you’re single, dumb if you’re coupled, dumb anyways, too expensive, tacky, tawdry, materialistic, signified by stupid chalky heart-shaped candy, cursed with a dippy red and pink color palette, full of unreal expectations? YES!!! YES ALL OF IT!!! WHO CARES!!! 

It’s so cool to poo on Valentine’s Day, I implore you to just DO A LOVE THING because who wins if you do it? We need more love, just you know… make some. Do something good without getting caught, some kind of secret agent kindness no one can know. Forgive someone who pissed you off. Spend $10 on coffee for you and and a friend. Get your ass out and volunteer. Give your time. Give compliments. Listen to a long-winded family member. Notice someone who doesn’t think they’re noticable. Lift something heavy for somebody. Open doors. Call someone far away. CLIMB OUT OF YOUR BELLY BUTTON AND OPEN YOUR HEART. 

It’s Also Ash Wednesday, which is a catholic thang, but one can still celebrate it in a nonsecular way. Many use it as a New Year’s Resolution reboot. It’s said that Jesus spent 40 days in the desert thinking about stuff, so between now and Easter, you’ve got YOUR personal opportunity to go into DEEP THOUGHT about your life JUST like Jesus, wow! Give something up: fatty snacks, criticism, sour patch kids, swearing, snapchat, smoking, religion, the news, etc.

And like WHY do that? Why suffer? Why have a difficulty when shit’s already difficult? The conscious decision by YOU to deprive YOURSELF of something that may or may not be good for you is a way of forcing yourself to contemplate WHY you like that thing/action, WHY you do it, WHAT it does for you and how that effects the world, even in the most piddly way. What kind of space are you taking up on this earth? This holiday is specifically designed to make you get past any bullshit and self-denial you’ve been harboring. Flip the record and look at the B track. Who are you and what are your priorities, anyway? Find out!

If 40 days is too much for you, there’s always Passover coming up in March, which is 8 days not 40, but no less contemplative and jarring in its own freaky way. If you’d rather shake hands with the devil, come see me at Bingo on February 18th (details below) and win glorious sinful prizes! Be bad! Gamble and support the arts!

See you at the Craft Table,

JP Craft Captain


WINTER SESSION 

FEB 18th – Bet Yer Bottom BINGO!!! Gambling, Winning, Singing, Drinking, Dabbing, Dotting, Laughing! Details HERE!

FEB 21st, FEB 28th – YES THERE WILL  BE CRAFTS YAHHHHHH!!!! We’re relentless and forever, we’re CraftNight. 

 

Posted by on February 13, 2018 in Collage Craft, Scrapping/Coloring Craft

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Snowman Box Etc. • January 31st, 2018

TONIGHT! Wednesday, JANUARY 31st, 2018 from 9pm to midnight (or later) it’s CRAFTNIGHT! 
****Project: Snowman Box and MORE! 

*******Drink Specials for your face! Tasty Times!   
*********$3 suggested donation, thank you for supporting the arts!  

I have these adorable but no-frills snowman boxes that are kind of TOO EASY to make. This means an extra side project will also be offered, because honestly, in the time you have to make this craft, you won’t even be halfway through your vodka soda, or redbull, or whatever you’re drinking!

 

2018 marks the 16th year of CraftNight in service, and tonight will be a Full Blue Moon Winter Session, so I’m quite giddy about that! Let us celebrate kinship and having January togetherness while making snowman boxes when it’s been weirdly hot outside! Maybe if we make enough snowman boxes, winter will come back and be cold!

See you at the Craft Table,

JP Craft Captain


WINTER SESSION 

FEB 7th –  Dr. Sketchy figure drawing class at 8pm, followed by LA Rock Painting! LA Rocks!!!

FEB 14th – Special Event! The Great CraftNight LOVE-IN (Prizes! Treats! Love!)

FEB 18th – Bet Yer Bottom BINGO!!! Gambling, Winning, Singing, Drinking, Dabbing, Dotting, Laughing!

FEB 21st, FEB 28th – YES THERE WILL  BE CRAFTS YAHHHHHH!!!! We’re relentless and forever, we’re CraftNight. 

 

Posted by on January 31, 2018 in Painting Craft

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Suncatchers • January 24th, 2018

This Wednesday, JANUARY 24th, 2018 from 9pm to midnight (or later) it’s CRAFTNIGHT! 
****Project: SUNCATCHERS

*******Drink Specials for your face! Yummy Yummy!  
*********$3 suggested donation, thank you for supporting the arts!  

The wispy high-up twirling clouds and gorgeous blue sky are just bringin’ it so much that we gotta make sun catchers! I have all this stuff to do, but I just want to feel that brisk wind in my face, watch my scarf whirl in the wintry wind as I hurry to and fro with errands aplenty! But I guess I could take a break, yeah, I guess I could do that and make a sun catcher at CraftNight in the rumpus room at Akbar.

I suppose I could have a delicious beverage and saunter over to where paint and supplies are waiting for me, and I could wax creative. I could be that  cold season character, I could build camaraderie with strangers and let out a lusty guffaw over my mini-plastic-flagon of spirits. I could reach out to a hearty band of souls on a chilly night, offering my fellowship and goodwill.

It’s National Compliment Day, and it’s National Peanut Butter Day, so already those are some pretty good topics of conversation. It wouldn’t require much effort to start talking about such things. It’s also Beer Can Day and Belly Laugh Day, one cannot lose with those good days of observation taking up squares on the calendar. Do not be hindered by the hurdles of the day, they are gone, and all that awaits you is a bevy of high-quality experiences manufactured onsite under our roof at the corner of Sunset and Fountain.

See you at the Craft Table,

JP Craft Captain


WINTER SESSION 

JAN 31st – Crafts 9pm • Akbar • Winter Sessions Craft TBA

FEB 7th –  Dr. Sketchy figure drawing class at 8pm, followed by LA Rock Painting! LA Rocks!!!

FEB 14th – Special Event! The Great CraftNight LOVE-IN (Prizes! Treats! Love!)

FEB 18th – Bet Yer Bottom BINGO!!! Gambling, Winning, Singing, Drinking, Dabbing, Dotting, Laughing!

FEB 21st, FEB 28th – YES THERE WILL  BE CRAFTS YAHHHHHH!!!! We’re relentless and forever, we’re crafts. 

 

Posted by on January 24, 2018 in Painting Craft

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Fusion Beads!!! • January 17th, 2018

This Wednesday, JANUARY 17th, 2018 from 9pm to midnight (or later) it’s CRAFTNIGHT! 
****Project: FUSION BEADS

*******Only the most delicious and delectable drink specials at the bar!
*********$3 donation for supplies, purty pleeze!  

Fusion beads are here for YOU in YOUR TOWN this week! What the heck’s a fusion bead? It’s a tiny plastic cylinder, and together with other tiny plastic cylinders, you arrange them on a special peg board and then it gets IRONED to make a cool picture! It is a rollicking good project, and the PERFECT time of year to do a heat-based craft.

Because you really can’t turn back with fusion beads, once they’re fused, that’s it! If only New Year’s resolutions were so easy, you just iron’em out and it’s perfect, instant change, no more work. And that’s just it, really… a craft that reminds you of the decisions you’re making and not making, choosing and figurer-outering as moments flow through reality. It’s mindful and melty, and oh so vibrant!

Come in and FUSE your intentions for the rest of the year.
FUSE your resolve to eat more vegetables.
FUSE your love of eating with your love of traveling
FUSE cocktails and crafts this Wednesday with joy and ease

See you at the Craft Table,

JP Craft Captain


WINTER SESSION 

JAN 21st • Akbar • 7:30pm to 10:30pm • BET YER BOTTOM BINGO!!!!WINTRY WEATHER EDITION We’re skating on thin ice with the BEST deal in town for your gambling whims, fat boozy wintry wonder prizes for your slush fund! >>>RSVP HERE!!! 


JAN 24th – Crafts 9pm • Akbar • Winter Sessions Craft TBA

JAN 31st – Crafts 9pm • Akbar • Winter Sessions Craft TBA

FEB 7th –  Dr. Sketchy figure drawing class at 8pm, followed by Valentines for POLITICIANS (Craftivism) at 9pm!

FEB 14th – Special Event! The Great CraftNight LOVE-IN (Prizes! Treats! Love!)


 

 

Posted by on January 16, 2018 in Assembly Craft

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First Craft of the Year!!! • January 10th, 2018

JANUARY 10th, 2018 DOORS OPEN EARLY 7pm!!!! 
****8pm Special Workshop by Linda Santiman and Lauren Costine  

*****9pm Sign-making and cocktail-drinking continues!!! 
******$3 donation for supplies, purty pleeze!  
>>>>RSVP HERE! (Help us figure out how many supplies to bring!)<<<<<<

New Year and bet your bippy that we’re comin’ in HOT!!! It’s a Protest Poster Painting Party for the upcoming Los Angeles Womens March! Come on in without a THING and we’ll give you all the supplies to make yourself seen and heard when you go downtown to holler!

Our sign painting salons get kinda crowded, so we’re opening at 7pm (take advantage of Akbar’s lovely happy hour prices) for earlybird access to make your sign. We know last year was a total shit show, and we know it’s just gonna keep coming at us, this is why Linda and Lauren will be teaching a one-hour workshop at 8pm called “Resistance – How to be an Activist Without Losing Your Mind.”

I don’t know about you, but I’m really into THE TRUTH. And truth is at a premium. Whatever your feelings about the GOP and the President, information is being distorted, and it’s hard to keep a level head. The role of a free press in our democracy is vital, it’s our watchdog on behalf of the public’s interest, let us not be asleep at the wheel about this. There is a lot of messed up stuff about this weird country, but our First Amendment Right is one of the best things we ever did for ourselves.

WHY do we protest? Does it make a difference? YES IT DOES. Progress is slow, politics is frustrating, tedious, and a major pain in the ass, it takes forever. We are pushing the papers, we’re making the calls, and we’re doing the work. But we’re also THE PEOPLE, and we are the ones who will also be voting, and our discontent must be VISIBLE. Those who are elected serve us, our elected officials need a goddamn reminder that we are awake and watching.

We also need to get out there for ourselves, for each other, in solidarity. We do have power, and a great way to remember that is by seeing just how many of us are willing to spend our hard-earned leisure time continuing to protest the dumbness that is the current GOP.

So this week I’m offering you the most FUN way to work on your discontent. Get your butt in here and make a sign, we need you.

There will be treats, there will be paint, there will be cocktails, handouts, education, camaraderie, cohesion, and resolve!

See you at the Craft Table,

JP Craft Captain


WINTER SESSIONS  

JAN 17th – Dr. Sketchy figure drawing class at 8pm, Winter Snow Craft at 9pm!


JAN 21st • Akbar • 7:30pm to 10:30pm • BET YER BOTTOM BINGO!!!!WINTRY WEATHER EDITION We’re skating on thin ice with the BEST deal in town for your gambling whims, fat boozy wintry wonder prizes for your slush fund! >>>RSVP HERE!!! 


JAN 21st – Crafts 9pm • Akbar • Winter Sessions Craft TBA

JAN 31st – Crafts 9pm • Akbar • Winter Sessions Craft TBA

FEB 7th – Valentines for POLITICIANS (Craftivism)

FEB 14th – Special Event! The Great CraftNight LOVE-IN (Prizes! Treats! Love!)


 

 

Posted by on January 5, 2018 in Painting Craft, SPECIAL EVENT!

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